Let this be a warning to all YouTubers: Don’t post any recordings from SST Records unless you want to risk losing your account. According to our sources, the hammer is coming down. Although the musicians usually own the publishing rights to the music, it appears SST owns the SST recordings (as well as publishing rights to Black Flag, Gone and other Greg Ginn projects). We intend to follow up with SST for clarification. YouTube follows a strict policy:
“Any time YouTube receives notice that a video or any part of a video on our site infringes the copyrights of a third party, we will take it down from the site. We are required to do so by law. Accounts determined to be repeat infringers may be subject to termination. Users with suspended or terminated accounts are prohibited from creating new accounts or accessing YouTube’s community features.”
Terminated accounts especially suck for Vloggers, filmakers and videographers who have years of accumulated works, comments and followers. If your video has been taken down, check out the Electronic Frontier Foundation for more information. According to the information on the site, if your video includes an SST recording, don’t bother – you are probably SOL. If your video includes live footage of non-Ginn bands (that is also not included on an SST live recording) you may have reason to submit a counter-notice. Be warned, it then becomes a case of put up or shut up. The claimant then has 2 weeks to sue you or allow your video to be restored. Are you willing to take it to the mat?